Supporting the development of dance in BC.

Established in 1986 as a resource centre for dance professionals and the public in British Columbia, The Dance Centre is a multifaceted organization offering a range of activities unparalleled in Canadian dance.

Our goal is to support the development of a vibrant dance scene in BC and increase the profile of dance, by providing resources and services for the dance profession; presenting public performances and events; operating Scotiabank Dance Centre, one of Canada’s flagship dance facilities; and promoting BC dance.

We are located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy’əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl’ílwəta?/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. It is an honour and a privilege for us to be guests in their lands. We are grateful.

A Resource for Professionals

The Dance Centre provides support, information and resources to professional dance companies and individual artists, including news and opportunities regarding funding, jobs, auditions, training and other opportunities. Dance Centre members can apply to participate in programs and residencies, receive invitations to info sessions and networking events, apply for discounts and subsidies on studio rentals, and receive consultations with experienced staff.

Stuart Anderson talks to a group of dancers sitting in a lounge

Public Programs

The Dance Centre presents public performances and events year-round, ranging from the Global Dance Connections series featuring cutting edge contemporary dance from around the world, to the Discover Dance! series which highlights the diversity of BC dance. Community programs include the annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House and International Dance Day, and free studio showings and events run throughout the season.

The Dance Centre is a non-profit organization and a registered charity. Revenue from ticket sales is invested in our mission of supporting dance.

Dancing lesson at an Open House

A Home for Dance

For over two decades The Dance Centre spearheaded the drive to create a home for BC’s dance community. Our building, Scotiabank Dance Centre, opened in 2001 on a site provided by its title sponsor. It has become a hub for dance activity, housing rehearsals, classes, workshops, performances and events, and generating an estimated 85,000+ visits annually.

People sitting in audience clapping

Promoting BC Dance

The Dance Centre is the primary source for information about dance in BC. We offer information about hundreds of performances, companies and organizations through our website and the online BC Dance Directory. We promote BC dance internationally, through our biennial West Coast dance platform Dance In Vancouver, and help connect our local dance scene to national and international partners through projects and exchanges.

Woman pointing while speaking on microphone in the library lobby on International Dance Day

The Dance Centre is a non-profit organization and a registered charity.

By supporting dance in all its forms and offering incredible programs and workshops, The Dance Centre has helped us to connect to the fabric of the Vancouver dance experience. The deep respect and insight of the staff have played a huge role in how we, as a Ukrainian Folk-Stage dance ensemble, perceive our own contributions and potential in the world of dance. Membership of The Dance Centre has provided amazing opportunities to present our art form to a broader audience and has been a catalyst for new choreography and collaboration.

- Debbie Karras and Laurel Lawry, Artistic Directors, Dovbush Dancers and School of Ukrainian Dance

The Dance Centre has been instrumental in the development of our company since its very beginnings - from a group of young artists eager to learn about the contemporary dance world, to a formalized collective creating its first short works, to the full-time company structure we now operate within, which has afforded us the opportunity to share our work across Canada and internationally. At all phases of our growth as artists, and as an organization, The Dance Centre has played a crucial supporting role.

- Lisa Gelley and Josh Martin, Co-Artistic Directors, Company 605

The Dance Centre exists as the core of our community, allowing artists of all mediums to come together with the public and experience dance on a wealth of levels. My term as a Resident Artist allowed the opportunity to work with four transitioned local dance artists to bring back works that may have never seen another life. The staff have always been supportive of my development and the access to the organization's resources, guidance, space and community, has forever impacted my artistic evolution.

- Josh Beamish, Artistic Director, MOVE: the company

Thank you very much for providing the venue for our Drum Auction Event. The Faris Family Studio looked stunning with the drums installed and the auction was a success. Thanks also to your technical staff for all their hard work and assistance.

- Susan Jackson, YVR Art Foundation

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